Artisans of Jajpur showcase their teracotta Craft Heritage at Creative Cities Workshop – UNESCO

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At a workshop for the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, craftsmen from Jajpur present their terracotta handmade history. Over 3,500 artists, craftspeople, and weavers reside in the neighbourhood, in addition to producers of the Tassar handloom, terracotta, golden grass, and stone sculpture.At a workshop recently held by the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, artisans and designers from all over the world had the chance to learn about Jajpur’s terracotta art and its sculptors. On Friday, the three-day programme held in Thailand’s Chiang Mai, a UNESCO Creative City, came to an end. Terracotta makers from the culturally rich Jajpur area joined 500 other people from across the world in participating virtually. “Creative Ceramic, Sculpted City” served as the subject.

The only Indian city to receive an invitation to take part in the event and exhibit its rich cultural and artistic heritage was Jajpur. Other cities were Kutahya (Turkey), Jingdezhen and Weifang (China), Baguio (Philippines), Tamba Sasayama (Japan), Chiang Mai (Thailand), and Manises (Spain). Parsuram Behera, Maheshwar Ojha, and Narendra Rana, as well as SHG members Jayanti Behera, Ranglata Behera, Malati Rana, and Parbati Behera, were among the craftsmen and master craftspeople from Jajpur who had won national awards. The team from Jajpur highlighted the importance of arts and crafts in the region.The artists also discussed the origins of the terracotta craft, its sociocultural significance, methods, the dissemination of knowledge, the function of stakeholders, and the steps taken to protect the crafts. Collector Chakravarti Singh Rathore thanked the artists for participating in the workshop and stated that events like this will foster the creativity of the artisans in Jajpur, a centre for innovation. More than 3,500 weavers, artisans, and artists reside in the neighbourhood, in addition to producers of the Tassar handloom, terracotta, golden grass, and stone sculpture.

By Subhechcha Ganguly

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